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Ophthalmology. 1987 Jul;94(7):809-14.

Visual acuity loss in patients with Stargardt's macular dystrophy.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago 60612.


Ninety-five patients with Stargardt's macular dystrophy were appraised for visual loss with age by both life-table analyses and cross-sectional procedures. The probability of maintaining a visual acuity of 20/40 or better in at least one eye was 52% by age 19, 32% by age 29, and 22% by age 39. In the population studied, once a patient's visual acuity dropped below 20/40, it tended to decrease rapidly and stabilize at 20/200. Fluorescein angiograms obtained on 64 of the 95 patients showed a "dark choroid" in 55 (85.9%). This finding, therefore was present in the majority of the patients, although its absence does not rule out Stargardt's macular dystrophy.

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